The previous post got me thinking about all things Japanese, so I decided to put up a new post on that! Apparently the Japanese drummers ‘Taiko‘ were playing from around 750AD.

They also use the same lute (gakbiwa / biwa) and zither (gakuso / koto) had come over from China. These instruments used a pentatonic scale, not the same as the West is used to thanks to The Blues!

It could be said that the Chinese and Japanese were the first Blues players in the world 😛
(or maybe that should be drum and bass!)

Anyway, I’ve just begun looking at the writing and I’ll see about incorporating them into my next designs. Some of the characters are absolutely beautiful to look at, but I have no clue what they mean and I wouldn’t put something up without at least some understanding.

I have seen the elegant simplicity of the ‘Man’ and ‘Woman’ characters and think these would be good for starters.



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2 Responses to “Japanese drumming ‘Taiko’ and writing: Kanji, Hirigana, Katakana and Romaji”

  1. LJ

    TYPO: HIRAGANA not HIRiGANA
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